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Areas of Expertise (3)

Applied Microeconomics

Development Economics

Political Economy


Frederico Finan is a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group. He received his PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2006. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of economics at UCLA. He is also an affiliate of Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a research fellow at IZA and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Education (3)

University of California, Berkeley: PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of California, Berkeley: MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of Arizona: BA, Mathematics and Economics

Honors & Awards (10)

National Science Foundation, Research Grant (PI)


Senate Grant


Latin American Studies Grant


NICHD Pilot Grant, Population Research Center


NICHD Pilot Grant, California Center for Population Research


Tinker Grant


Institute of Business and Economic Research Grant


World Bank Research Support Grant


Tinker Grant


Social Science Research Council Fellowship


Selected External Service & Affiliations (7)

  • 2009 – present, Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)
  • 2009 – present, Affiliate, Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA)
  • 2009 – present, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER
  • 2008 – present, Affiliate, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)
  • 2007 – present, Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
  • 2010 – Associate Editor, Journal of Development Economics
  • 2006-2009 – Research Associate, California Center for Population Research

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2015

2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley 2009 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley 2006 – 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA 2004, Consultant, World Bank Group, Washington D.C. 2002, Consultant, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. 1997 – 2000, Research Analyst, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Studies Section, Washington D.C.

Media Appearances (5)

Why competition smashes corruption

Fin24  online


"But audits matter because they change behaviour. In a 2016 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Eric Avis, Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan examined the extent to which government audits in Brazil reduced corruption."

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Does Higher Pay Attract Better Politicians?

Gotham Gazette  online


"Economists Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan analyzed the educational and professional background of everyone who ran for municipal government in the year the amendment took effect, and tracked what the winning candidates did while in office."

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Brazil and the Bloodsuckers

Foreign Policy  online


"Research by two economists, Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan, concludes that Brazilian democracy does function properly in this sense."

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Does money buy better politicians?

Boston Globe  online


"Similar findings had appeared in a 2008 working paper by Claudio Ferraz from PUC-Rio in Brazil and Frederico Finan from University of California Berkeley."

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Four faculty members awarded Sloan Fellowships

The Daily Californian  online


"Assistant professors Frederico Finan and Yuriy Gorodnichenko from the department of economics and assistant professors Bjorn Hartmann and Michael Lustig from the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences were among the 126 young men and women selected for the award."

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Selected Papers & Publications (6)

Progress and Perspectives in the Study of Political Selection

Annual Review of Economics

Frederico Finan and Ernesto Dal Bo


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Who Becomes a Politician?

Quarterly Journal of Economics

Frederico Finan, Ernesto Dal Bo, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson, and Johanna Rickne


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Do Government Audits Reduce Corruption? Estimating the Impacts of Exposing Corrupt Politicians

Journal of Political Economy

Frederico Finan, Eric Avis, and Claudio Ferraz


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The Personnel Economics of the State

Economic Field Experiments

Frederico Finan


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Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public Service

Quarterly Journal of Economics

Frederico FInan, Ernesto Dal Bo, and Martin A. Rossi


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Corrupting Learning: Evidence from Missing Federal Education Funds in Brazil

Journal of Public Economics

Frederico Finan and Diana B. Moreira


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